What is it?
This Canterbury Tales Introduction with Handout is a 10-slide, time-saving tool that prepares students for reading.
Why is it needed?
We all know that we need to take the time to set up students for success in reading by previewing unfamiliar literary elements and background information, particularly when the text was written four centuries ago! However, we don’t always have time to prepare a great lesson. Sometimes, we fall into the trap of cracking open the text without any preliminary discussion. This Canterbury Tales Introduction presentation takes care of that need.
How is it used?
This presentation should be shown prior to beginning The Canterbury Tales in class. Depending on how you use it, it could take anywhere from half a class period to a full class period. It will take a full class period if you choose to use the last few questions on the handout as the basis for class discussion or have the students write extended responses.
What is included?
Included in your download are 10 editable PowerPoint slides. If you don’t like the background or font size, you have the ability to change it. You can also add or take out any information that you wish.
Students will be introduced to the broad categories of characters, as well as to the ideas of a frame story, satire, and allegory. Also included are a brief summary of the plot, details about Chaucer’s treatment of the church, and an introduction to Chaucer’s characters, social classes, and characterization techniques.
A 12-question handout for students to answer while they view the PowerPoint is also included. The Microsoft Word handout is editable, and it is intended to help students stay focused on your presentation and be active listeners. The last few questions on the Canterbury Tales handout are analysis questions that the students can complete independently or as part of a larger classroom discussion.
Two version of the PowerPoint are included: ppt and pptx, so you will not have to deal with the hassle of your version of PowerPoint not being able to open the presentation.
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